WILDWOOD, Fla. – During a shooting at a Father’s Day gathering in Wildwood on Sunday evening, one person was murdered and nine others were injured.
Officers responded to a gunshot at a privately-organized Father’s Day gathering near Royal Park in Wildwood, Sumter County, about 45 miles northwest of Orlando, shortly before 8 p.m. on Sunday.
Numerous bullets were fired, resulting in the death of 1 person. Cornecia Smikle, a 25-year-old woman from Tampa Bay, died as a result of her injuries.
Ten persons were shot and sent to hospitals in the vicinity. The woman, who was 25 years old, was pronounced dead. One victim is in the intensive care unit, while others are in stable condition and have checked out as of Monday morning.
Shortly after the attack, the alleged shooter was apprehended. Rapheal Tyree Thomas, 22, of the Tampa Bay region, was identified as the suspect.
The sheriff’s office revealed a bodycam video that appeared to show Thomas hiding beneath a car before being apprehended.
“This senseless incident occurred when two people from the Tampa Bay area came upon each other on County Road 235,” Haworth said. “It was absolute happenstance. Our suspect brandished a firearm and started shooting at the other person.”
With the help of onlookers who observed the shooting, deputies were able to identify and apprehend the culprit.
Wildwood is located northwest of Orlando, between the interstate 75 and Florida Turnpike intersection.
Residents in the Royal Park area along CR 235 are hosting the Father’s Day event. It is a non-sanctioned event, according to Haworth.
Thomas faces eight counts of aggravated violence and one act of murder without premeditation, as well as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
The investigation is still underway about the shooting and the police are expecting more information about this terrible shooting that happened at the father’s day event.